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Edited by Michael Dillon, Yijiu JIN and Wai Yip Ho

This important collection of articles by leading Chinese scholars of Islamic studies reflects current thinking about the past and present condition of Islam in China. It has a strong focus on China’s north-west, the most important region for the study of Islam in China. Most contributions relate to the Hui (Chinese-speaking) Muslims of Gansu and Qinghai provinces and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region but there are also chapters on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. An important feature of this book is the attention paid to the Sufi orders: the role of these networks, which embody an inner-directed and mystical aspect of Islam, is crucial to the understanding of Muslim communities in both historical and contemporary China.
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Arshin Adib-Moghhaddam

jingoistic vitriol against individuals and issues considered to be remotely ‘Islamic’ was the surface effect of a cultural constellation that runs deep in the subliminal consciousness of western Europe and North America. In order to accentuate that this ‘Islamophobic’ assemblage is dense and historically

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Performing Islam

Gender and Ritual in Iran

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Azam Torab

Performing Islam takes as its main focus the rich array of ceremonial activities that shape and inform the lives of circles of women in south Tehran. Based on anthropological fieldwork, the book describes and analyses rituals that mark religious anniversaries and life course events in Iran today. Arguing that the ritual performances are powerful forums where ideas develop, and where rules, symbols and discourses are contested, this book discusses the values and beliefs underpinning gender constructions in a rapidly changing and complex society. The ambiguous metaphorical language of the rituals is examined, revealing how gender ideologies are projected and renewed, but also challenged, destabilized and ridiculed. Thus the rituals provide possibilities for self-expression, innovation and incremental change. This study goes beyond questions of meaning and culture to interrogate the dynamics of gender performance as products of power and politics.
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The Japan Islamic Congress

A Possible Case of an Islamic New Religion in Japan

Kieko Obuse

Introduction The Japan Islamic Congress (Nihon Isuramu Kyōdan 日本イスラム教団, hereafter abbreviated as the JIC ) 1 is a religious organization which was founded in December 1974 by Futaki Hideo 二木秀雄 (1908–1992), a Japanese medical doctor and convert to Islam. It grew rapidly to claim a

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Appropriating Islam as a Matrix

Young Muslim Volunteers blurring the Lines between Sacred and Mundane

William Barylo

, seemingly ordinary and common actions of smiling or cleaning embrace a whole spiritual dimension. So, where does religion start, and where does it end? It poses then a conceptual question: can social sciences distinguish between the “sacred” and the “mundane” when observing Islam? What can be considered as

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Sam Shirazi

1 Introduction Liberal Islamic human rights schemes argue that Islam conforms to modern notions of human rights. However, these efforts are susceptible to accusations of cherry-picking and straying from traditional Islamic teachings. This article examines the appropriate response to such

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Old and New Islam in Greece

From Historical Minorities to Immigrant Newcomers

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Konstantinos Tsitselikis

The legal and political habitus of Greece's Muslim population is discussed in a fascinating interdisciplinary historical overview of both indigenous minority and immigrant communities providing insights into the evolution and current state of minority and migration law. The book also speaks in a piercing fashion to the scholarly debate on communitarianism and liberalism, as Greece’s sui generis legal tradition and embrace of community rights often runs contrary to the country’s own liberal legal order and international human rights standards. How notions of ethnicity and citizenship have been challenged by recent Muslim immigration is further explored. The reader is therefore treated to a comprehensive analysis of minority rights pertaining to 'Old' and 'New' Islam in Greece within the European context.
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Maurits S. Berger

.’ 1 Similarly, several articles have been written with the argument that the Europe and Islam are at crossroads with a choice of either Europe becoming Islamic or the Islam becoming European. 2 In this article I will present a conceptual framework that will allow us to find our way in this

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Mathias Rohe

Islamic Law in Past and Present, written by the lawyer and Islamicist Mathias Rohe, is the first comprehensive study for decades on Islamic law, legal theory, reform mechanisms and the application of Islamic law in Islamic countries and the Muslim diaspora. It provides information based on an abundance of Oriental and Western sources regarding family and inheritance law, contract and economic law, penal law, constitutional, administrative and international law. The present situation and ‘law in action’ are highlighted particularly. This includes examples collected during field studies on the application of Islamic law in India, Canada and Germany.
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Edited by Allen Frank and Mirkasyim Usmanov

This biographical dictionary, based on a Turkic manuscript compiled in 1912, is essential for all those interested in the Islamic history of Central Asia under Russian and Chinese rule. Covering the period from 1770 - 1912, it brings to life the muslim communities of Sufis and scholars of the eastern Kazakh steppe. Its extensive biographical information provides fresh insights into the intellectual, political, and religious life of a region for which indigenous Islamic sources are virtually unknown.
With a historical and textological introduction, full English translation, extensive notes, and an Arabic-script Turkic text.